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Monthly Archive: August 2012

Accenture: Mobility Software for the Consumer Goods Industry Purchased

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By Rob Starr, Content Manager, Big4.com

NewsPage provides software products to some of the world’s largest consumer goods companies and Accenture (NYSE:ACN) has entered into an agreement to acquire them. Continue reading


KPMG: Telstra Exec appointed as COO

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By Rob Starr, Content Manager, Big4.com

Wayne Treeby, has been appointed Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of KPMG Australia. He is a former Telstra executive and has held a variety of senior roles during his twenty-year career at Telstra encompassing Mobiles, Sensis, BigPond, Media, Wholesale, International, Network & Technology, Wireless, Service Delivery, Information Technology and head office. Continue reading


Deloitte: Leadership challenges facing Central Europe

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By Rob Starr, Content Manager, Big4.com

While some figures paint an encouraging picture of economic health among Central Europe’s leading business, average net profitability fell by 3.5% during 2011. Continue reading


PwC: New Canberra Office Managing Partner

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By Rob Starr, Content Manager, Big4.com

Following Andrew Turnbull’s retirement from the firm, PwC has today announced that economist Jeremy Thorpe has been appointed as the Canberra Office Managing Partner. Continue reading


Deloitte Highest Big4 Firm on Vault Consulting Rankings, Bain takes Top Spot

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By Michael Foster, Big4.com Blogger

Deloitte has ranked fifth on the 2013 Vault Consulting 50 Firm Rankings, and is just one of two Big4 firms to make the top 10.

Last year, Deloitte was ranked fourth, but was knocked down by Booz & Company, which shot up to fourth place. Bain & Company was ranked best consulting firm again, [...]


McGladrey: National Mortgage Settlement Compliance Appointment

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By Rob Starr, Content Manager, Big4.com

McGladrey will be one of five professional services firms that will monitor and ensure compliance to provisions of the national mortgage settlement by the nation’s five largest banks Continue reading


Accenture: Regional Partner of the Year Awards

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By Rob Starr, Content Manager, Big4.com

Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has been recognized has been recognized with several regional U.S. Partner of the Year awards for 2012 by Microsoft. Microsoft also recognized Accenture and Avanade with the Enterprise Compete Partner of the Year for its work on strategic accounts across the central United States Continue reading


KPMG: Agribusiness future needs China-Australia partnership

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By Rob Starr, Content Manager, Big4.com

According to a new report from KPMG, Misunderstanding China’s motivations to invest in Australia’s food and agriculture sectors is holding back lucrative trade and sector productivity opportunities for Australian companies relative to their competitors. Continue reading


PwC: New Leader for Strategy and Leadership Development

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By Rob Starr, Content Manager, Big4.com

Blair Sheppard has joined its Network Executive Team as Global Leader for Strategy and Leadership Development. He will work on leadership development with the PwC network’s most senior leaders and support the design and delivery of the Learning and Education curriculum. Continue reading


Deloitte: Back-to-School Shoppers Ready to Spend

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By Rob Starr, Content Manager, Big4.com

Shoppers are reverting to more traditional information sources to study up before heading to the store, according to Deloitte’s annual “Back-to-School” survey, released recently. Despite these intentions, few intend to forego the tradition of setting a budget or looking for a sale. Nearly 6 in 10 (59 percent) consumers have a budget in mind for back-to-school shopping, and while two-thirds (66 percent) say they will shop for items on sale, fewer respondents feel stores are offering them more value for their money (36 percent in 2012 versus 47 percent in 2011). Continue reading


KPMG: Healthcare System Disconnect

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By Rob Starr, Content Manager, Big4.com

According to the findings from a recent survey by KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm, healthcare and pharmaceutical executives are clearly uncertain whether or not existing business models are sustainable over the next five years, even though they do anticipate major change in the short-term. Continue reading


McGladrey: New Chairman of Auditing Standards Board

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By Rob Starr, Content Manager, Big4.com

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) has appointed a partner in McGladrey LLP’s National Professional Standards Group, as chairman of the AICPA’s Auditing Standards Board. Continue reading


PwC: US lodging recovery remains intact

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By Rob Starr, Content Manager, Big4.com

An updated lodging forecast released today by PwC US anticipates revenue per available room (“RevPAR”) recovery in 2012 to remain intact, with slightly stronger gains in both demand and pricing than previously anticipated. PwC’s outlook for RevPAR recovery reflects continued momentum in business travel, including gains in corporate meetings, as well as leisure travel growth that includes greater volume from international visitors. Continue reading


Deloitte: Global CFO Outlook Increasingly Negative

By Kalen Smith, Big4 Blogger

A survey from Deloitte last month found that global CFO’s have taken an increasingly negative outlook on the economy and financial positions of their businesses. Deloitte began conducting this survey in 2007. The decline in confidence in the second quarter was the sharpest over the past five years. Continue reading


Accenture: IT Services IDIQ with U.S. Department of State

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By Rob Starr, Content Manager, Big4.com

The State Department’s DME is an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract vehicle that supports the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ modernization strategy to develop, enhance and maintain the technology tools for the bureau’s major business processes: issuing visas and passports and managing the Office of Overseas Citizens Services, which assists Americans with lost passports and provides other, similar services. Continue reading